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Thu, Aug 21, 2014 -- 10:00 AM
Thu, Aug 21, 2014 -- 10:00 AM Larry Diamond on Global Crisis Hotspots

Will global democracy eventually prevail? Stanford professor and Hoover Institution senior fellow Larry Diamond joins us to weigh in on the political turmoil across the Middle East and Asia, and to discuss his upcoming trip to China and Tibet and their contentious relationship.

Thu, Aug 21, 2014 -- 9:00 AM
Thu, Aug 21, 2014 -- 9:00 AM New Policy for Transgender Admissions at Mills College

Transgender students that identify as female will now be considered for enrollment at Mills College, an all-female school in Oakland. Mills is the only single-sex college in the country to have a published policy for transgender applicants. We'll discuss the details of the new policy, and whether it would affect the core identity of the school as a women's college, especially in light of strong campus opposition to going co-ed in the past.

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Wed, Aug 20, 2014 -- 10:00 AM
Wed, Aug 20, 2014 -- 10:00 AM Invasive Species on the Rise

California will gain a new invasive species every 60 days. According to the Center for Invasive Species Research at UC Riverside, some of these could lead to economic losses to the state of about $3 billion each year. We'll discuss the issues surrounding invasive species from Scotch broom to Asian carp and beyond.

Wed, Aug 20, 2014 -- 9:00 AM
Wed, Aug 20, 2014 -- 9:00 AM Meal Ticket: Paying for a Reservation at SF Restaurants

If you want a reservation at a high-end restaurant in San Francisco, you may have to pay to hold your spot. Some restaurants are adopting a new ticket system that requires patrons to pay for their reservation when they make it, reducing the risk of both no-shows and food waste. The pay-in-advance setup is already in use in Chicago and Los Angeles, where chefs had complained about losing up to $1,000 every night due to no-shows. We'll discuss the pros and cons of the system, and how it might change your fine dining experience.

Tue, Aug 19, 2014 -- 10:00 AM
Tue, Aug 19, 2014 -- 10:00 AM The Future of Virtual Reality

Virtual reality made headlines earlier this year when Facebook announced its plan to acquire Oculus VR, a company making virtual reality headsets. Industry experts say there could be an affordable headset on the market as early as next year. We'll examine the current developments in VR, and what this technology can achieve beyond gaming and entertainment. We'll also discuss potential drawbacks of this deeply immersive technology.

Tue, Aug 19, 2014 -- 9:30 AM
Tue, Aug 19, 2014 -- 9:30 AM Petaluma Slaughterhouse Indicted for Selling Condemned Beef

The Rancho Feeding Corp. has been indicted for selling tainted beef that was condemned by USDA inspectors and processed from cows with eye cancer. The Petaluma slaughterhouse was shut down earlier this year amid an international recall of nearly 9 million pounds of processed beef. Now, three employees have been charged with 11 felony counts, including misleading USDA inspectors and processing and distributing condemned meat. What do these indictments mean for the beef industry and food safety in the Bay Area?

Tue, Aug 19, 2014 -- 9:00 AM
Tue, Aug 19, 2014 -- 9:00 AM Update on Crises in the Middle East

The five-day Gaza ceasefire was extended another 24 hours on Monday. Meanwhile in Iraq, Islamic extremists claim they control the Mosul Dam, which supplies power and water to surrounding areas. But President Obama said on Monday that Iraqi troops and Peshmerga fighters have retaken the dam. We'll discuss the latest news out of the Middle East.

Mon, Aug 18, 2014 -- 10:00 AM
Mon, Aug 18, 2014 -- 10:00 AM Lonely Planet's Tony Wheeler: Advice for Travel to Conflicted Regions

Stories about nuclear threats and political deadlocks between America and North Korea, Iran and Cuba often fill the headlines. But what is it like to be a tourist or backpacker traveling through these countries? Tony Wheeler, co- founder of the Lonely Planet guidebooks, offers his tips for traveling safely and smartly through conflicted areas and tells his own stories of misadventures in what he calls the "Dark Lands."

Mon, Aug 18, 2014 -- 9:30 AM
Mon, Aug 18, 2014 -- 9:30 AM Vandals Attack Golden Gate Park

The AIDS Memorial Grove in Golden Gate Park was the target of unidentified vandals recently, who destroyed trees and benches and shattered the windows of a city truck. Sadly, the park is no stranger to vandalism -- many similar incidents earlier this year have park officials investigating who is behind these costly attacks. We'll discuss ways to combat vandalism and why it's so difficult to prevent.

Mon, Aug 18, 2014 -- 9:00 AM
Mon, Aug 18, 2014 -- 9:00 AM PG&E Hikes Rates

A typical PG&E bill will increase by $7.50 a month, now that state regulators have approved the company's plan to collect extra revenue for improving its gas pipelines and electrical grids. But with further pending rate increases in the works, consumer advocates worry about affordability for low-income Californians.

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